Traditionally, HEROES shows a sneak peek of the next volume at the end of the current one. But given the series’ uncertain future with NBC, I wasn’t sure how the show would end tonight. Well, let me just say that HEROES was at its finest! And if the episodes for next season are anything like this episode, then by all means we’re in for a great ride!
With a show like HEROES, one wonders how all the separate storylines will finally come together. Well, tonight’s finale of Volume 5: Redemption was mind-blowing and impressive! Peter and Sylar’s, Claire and Noah’s stories now intertwined. Even Hiro got his answers and “made his wrongs right”.
So, after Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and Sylar (Zachary Quinto) escape from the nightmare of The Wall, they come face to face with the replicator man, who had overpowered Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) ability to control the mind. Sylar saves Matt’s life, and convinces him to give him a chance to redeem himself.
Elsewhere, Lauren (guest star Elizabeth Rohm) finds an empty lot where the carnival had been, but Noah (Jack Coleman) and Claire (Hayden Panettiere) are trapped thirty feet below ground. Noah asks Claire’s forgiveness and admits that his life was changed when she was given to his family as a child. It was an effective and dramatic farewell between Noah and Claire. As Noah runs out of air, Noah pleads with Claire to keep herself anonymous, to blend in and hide her abilities from the world. But Claire still thinks that people are going to accept her own kind, that people are different now than before. When Noah passes out, Claire panics and starts clawing the dirt! Water gushes in and Tracy (Ali Larter) appears! Don’t ask how exactly, but Tracy uses water to push Claire and Noah out above ground, where Lauren has a chopper waiting to take them to New York.
And don’t ask how – it was never explained – but Samuel (Robert Knepper) physically teleported the entire carnival and everyone in it, to Central Park New York City. Samuel pep-talks the Carnival family that this is the night that the world will know of their existence. Emma (guest star Deanne Bray) gets Samuel to reveal that he plans to kill thousands that night, but Doyle (guest star David H. Lawrence XVII) controls her like a puppet. Emma is forced to play her cello and lures people into the carnival.
Meanwhile, Hiro (Masi Oka) awakens and demonstrates to Ando that he is completely healed. Hiro finds a note from Charlie that she is in the same ward! When Hiro finally finds Charlie, she is an old woman at the end of her life! When Charlie explains that she was brought to 1944, Hiro offers to go back in time and “fix” everything. But Charlie tells him that she has lived a full life, and going back in time would erase all the wonderful memories and family that she loves. Hiro finally realizes his quest is over and the damsel has found her happy ending. Just in time, Ando (James Kyson Lee) tells Hiro of yet another adventure – Noah needs them in New York to stop Samuel Sullivan!
Claire, Noah, Peter and Sylar, Hiro and Ando now arrive at the carnival and prepare to stop Samuel from killing thousands and endanger the existence of all specials. Sylar stops Doyle from controlling Emma! To Doyle’s disbelief, Sylar declares that he is no longer a villain but a HERO! Sylar spares Doyle’s life and feels great about controlling his abilities!
So, Claire confronts the Carnival people and uncovers Samuel’s agenda. How he killed Joseph, who tried only to keep the family small to limit Samuel’s powers; how Samuel is using everyone to build up his own power. Once convinced by Claire, Edgar and Noah, the Carnies began leaving. In his anger, Samuel rushes to the front stage where carnival goers gathered, and began shaking the ground to swallow everyone!
Peter tackles Samuel, absorbs his abilities and challenges Samuel to a duel of earth-moving. Everyone around them scampers to escape from this earthquake. Just in time, Hiro gets supercharged by Ando and teleports everyone else – yes, all thousands of them – out of the Carnival and away from Samuel! Immediately, Samuel feels his powers disappear and the Butterfly Man is defeated.
And that’s the end of Volume 5: Redemption.
But it may not be the end of the story…. next Volume: “Brave New World”
Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC